The Mauve Garden

In the Garden – September 2021

In one of the front gardens there is a Japanese Maple planted in a central round garden bed.  I’ve always envisioned this area planted with all things blue, purple, burgundy and white with an occasional pop of red!  These things take time, last year I planted purple miniature bearded iris along the edge of the maple bed, they are multiplying beautifully and are always early flowering.  This year two lilac trees given to me by my sister, Sonnie, one for my 50th birthday and one for my 60th, were planted along the front fence – we all adore lilacs, they remind us of home and our parents.  In addition to the lilacs a clematis, another gift from Sonnie, was planted.

Earlier in the year, after spending far too much time scrolling through the tulip pages of online plant stores, I decided on, and ordered, five different tulips – I was so restrained!    I planted groups of Bokassa Tulip ‘Saigon’ and Lily Tulip ‘Saigon’ underneath the maple, and Double Tulip ‘White Heart’ in mini pots to sit on the brickwork surrounding the garden.  To add that pop of red, Triumph Tulip ‘Spryng’ was planted in between the two lilacs along with, what I think is one of my most favourite, daffodils, ‘Ice Follies’.

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Finally just before you enter the garden from the rear of the property, you pass by a seated arbor and then under an archway.  It was here that I placed a large pot planted with the most glorious tulips – red with a splash of yellow, the Darwin Hybrid Tulip ‘Ad Rem’.

While there is still much more work to be done here, it has been such a joy to see it come together, particularly now that the drought has broken and the rain has been plentiful.

In the Garden – May 2021

The glorious wam hues of Autumn continued with the beautiful red leaves on the Japanese maple and the falling golden leaves of the golden ash.


The Side Rose Garden

(4 November 2016)

This is another long narrow bed of white icebergs.  After a good pruning earlier this year, they are looking beautiful.

 1 November 2016